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2602, 2015

K-2 Arts Integration Lesson: Mapping Blueprints

By |February 26th, 2015|

Since we just finished up our Arts Integration and STEAM through Early Childhood online workshop, I thought it would be a great time to share an arts integration lesson seed focused on our youngest learners.  Today’s lesson idea is combining a Common Core Math Standard and a Visual Art Standard from the National Core Arts Standards:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.A.1: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.

VA:Cr2.3.1: Identify and classify uses […]

1201, 2015

The First Five: What Worked and What Didn’t

By |January 12th, 2015|

At the beginning of this school year, I thought it would be a great opportunity to unpack each of the new core arts standards individually and test out some lessons and assessments for each.  Our new core arts standards were just released this past June, with mixed reviews, and now that I am working with them on a daily basis I am starting to develop some more concrete opinions about the standards as a whole.  […]

912, 2014

Create a STEAM lesson in 6 minutes

By |December 9th, 2014|

We all feel it – the craziness of the season has officially taken over our classrooms and schools.  No one is immune!  And between the seasonal performances and presentations, the elf-on-a-shelf giddiness from our students and our own holiday shopping, our time is at a premium.  Who has the minutes to plan a new and integrated STEAM lesson?

You do!  Today, I’m going to show you how to create a full 45-minute STEAM lesson in just […]

2810, 2014

Tell Tale Theatre: Arts Integration Lesson

By |October 28th, 2014|

For our final arts integration lesson seed of October, we’re sharing a spooky-inspired connection to the great Edgar Allen Poe work “Tell Tale Heart”.  How many of you remember reading this in middle school?  This is one of those works that stayed with me during my entire life, mostly because it was also the first time our school had taken us on a field trip to a local college to see a production of this […]

2110, 2014

Masking Mirrors: Arts Integration Lesson

By |October 21st, 2014|

As we quickly approach the end of October, we’re also getting closer to a day that has historical significance in a variety of cultures around the world.  October 31st is celebrated as Halloween here in the United States, but is also part of the Dia de los Muertos festival in many Latin American countries.  This can be a day of controversy depending on your district or school, and sometimes we are a bit tentative about utilizing […]

1410, 2014

Writing Mix-a-Lot Arts Integration Lesson

By |October 14th, 2014|

Next week, we will be offering our second Online LIVE Event for Reading and Art Comprehension Strategies.  We’re so excited that Lisa and Jenny will be sharing some ideas for tying these two areas together in a way that honors both contents individually.  As our way of preparing for that event, today we’re sharing a lesson seed with you that ties together writing and theatre.  While reading and writing are separate pieces of the English/Language Arts bucket, […]

710, 2014

Movement Forces: Free Arts Integration Lesson

By |October 7th, 2014|

Lessons are BACK!  We’ve been spending a lot of time over the past few months on sharing strategies and resources to help you kick off the new school year.  But we’ve been longing to share some new lessons with you, too.  So today marks the start of lesson plan month.  New lessons will be added each Tuesday in October and we’ll be showcasing the new standards that have been released lately.

Today’s lesson seed explores the […]

1808, 2014

Standard 1: Lessons & Assessments

By |August 18th, 2014|

Each month I will be highlighting the anchor standards for Dance, and today starts the first of an 11-part series that will breakdown and analyze each standard, and provide lesson seed, samples, and assessments.  Let’s take a look at the first anchor standard:  Standard_1


So, for anchor standard 1 we are focusing on the artistic process of creating and the component of exploring.  The enduring understanding is analyzing what sources of inspiration choreographers use to generate work.  Although […]

1508, 2014

Geometry and the Art of Piet Mondrian: Lesson Plan

By |August 15th, 2014|

Today, I’m sharing a 3rd grade math lesson using the art of Piet Mondrian to teach and practice geometric concepts of perimeter and area.  Visual art is a really natural place for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of geometric concepts. There are so many great lesson plans and resources out there for arts integration in geometry, and this lesson is focused on using the work of Piet Mondrian as a real-life access point […]

1007, 2014

Puzzling through Math: Arts Integration Lesson

By |July 10th, 2014|

Grade: 6  |  Content Standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2: Expressions and Equations  |  Arts Standard:  DA-Cr1-6b: Explore various methods of movement invention and problem-solving that transfer ideas into movement vocabulary. Discuss the effect of methods with others using dance vocabulary.

Today’s lesson uses the Puzzle Cube arts integration strategy that we introduced to you on Tuesday and embeds it within a 6th grade math lesson surrounding expressions using letters in substitution of numbers.  You can use the Puzzle Cube strategy […]

205, 2014

Make A Magazine Cover To Teach For Understanding

By |May 2nd, 2014|

How do you know that students “get it?” How do you know that they understand core concepts and can articulate them and express them in multiple ways? These were the questions I asked myself when designing a lesson for fourth graders at Manor View Elementary at Fort Meade, Maryland seeking to understand the Learner Profiles and Key Concepts from the PYP International Baccalaureate program. Drawing inspiration from the book Innovating for People by the Luma […]

105, 2014

Character Shapes K-2 Arts Integration Lesson

By |May 1st, 2014|

Content Areas: Math and Theatre

Grade Level: K-2

We have a brand new Arts Integration lesson for you this week.  In celebration of my latest book, No Permission Required, we’re highlighting one of the 14 lesson plans and assessments that are in the book. In this K-2 lesson, we’re focused on teaching math through drama by creating characters out of 2-D and 3-D shapes.  Additionally, you’ll find an assessment rubric that you can use for the Geometric Shape Drama […]

2104, 2014

ARTISTIC Critique: a strategy for critiquing art

By |April 21st, 2014|

With Common Core on the rise, 21st century skills as a foundation, and the expectation that writing should be present across all disciplines, it is pertinent that we offer our students the opportunity to write within our arts classes.  Although all of us can prepare a multiude of writing explorations for our students, historical, kinesthetic, expository, informative etc., a quick and easy way to infuse writing into your curriculum is through reflective practice.

My Visual […]

2703, 2014

Starry Myth Lesson

By |March 27th, 2014|

Content Areas: Literacy and Visual Art

Grade Level: 2-3

Today’s lesson seed focuses on providing 2nd and 3rd grade students with a ways to understand and evaluate informational text through visual art and movement.  Informational text is often more challenging for students and teachers struggle with finding ways to keeping their students engaged when reading this type of work.  However, when paired with visual art pieces that can also be read and used to deepen student understanding of an […]

2502, 2014

Responding Syllables Arts Integration Lesson

By |February 25th, 2014|

Content Areas: Reading and Music

Grade Level: K-2

Today’s lesson seed focuses on providing kindergarten through second grade students with a ways to recognize and perform multi-syllabic words through music.  This is a challenging piece for students in these grade levels; students can easily perform the syllabic sounds but have difficulty in translating that into the correct amount of syllables.  By utilizing music and found sounds to break apart the syllables in these words, students have a concrete […]